Sorry Nana is an EP in three parts.
This EP is an apology to my sixty year old grandmother who has been struggling since the 60's to cope with the changing face of America and what it means to be an American. From racial integration (and my mother marrying a black man) when she was younger, to the emergence (some might argue reemergence) of freak culture. The fight for gay rights. The deconstruction and potential dissolution of gender binaries. The new assault on capitalism and its ills etc. are all too much for my Nana's constitution, but god bless her heart it isn't going to stop or even slow down.
Part one (Marla) is a brief biographical account, via veritable glossolalia, of the events that have shaped my schema with regards to rapping. Both Verite and Oysters offer a glimpse into the things that embolden the gusto with which I brandish the middle finger at the paradigms explored in parts 2 and 3.
Part two (Dionysus Defamed) is an exploration of my take on normative socio-sexual behavior in America. The largest concept I wanted to capture was the seemingly inherent mutual objectification found in dating and monogamy and the inconsistency of partner expectations between the two genders. I also tried to play with the idea of hedonism as blasphemy, a great societal spurning of the old orgiastic Dionysian model.
Part three (Deigning to Dabble) begs the question, "if all of these societal inequities (economical, sexual, racial) are 'normative' who would dare participate in society? and how could that participation not contradict personal ethics?" The answer, it seems, is to call it as it is. If you are the philandering misogynist then wear a bright name tag and only hunt those who want to be objectified.
released February 1, 2013
Major thanks to Josh Bechard, and Jeremy Keohane for their contributions in the beat department. Special thanks to Chris Daniele and Yucky studios for the great (and speedy) work on producing this EP. Thanks to Dro Brown and Vera Goodwin-Brown for serving, often, as my muses and contributing their talent to the project. Special shout out to Earl Milleringston, Scumbag snacks and Azrok for helping me get my lazy ass off the couch and into the studio.Thanks to my Mother and sisters for making me give a damn about Dionysus. And thank you Nana for the years of protection, I'm damned if I ain't sorry.
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